Caroline Garcia shares thoughts on winning Warsaw title

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France’s Caroline Garcia lost a total of five games in the Warsaw final but later insisted Ana Bogdan wasn’t an easy opponent to play against. Garcia, who was the fifth seed in the Warsaw main draw, ousted Bogdan 6-4 6-1 to win her first Warsaw title and overall ninth WTA title.

Bogdan, 29, remains without a title and Garcia admitted the experience of playing in several WTA finals may have helped her beat the Romanian. “It was a tough match, every final is always tricky,” Garcia said after the final, per the WTA website.

“You know you’re at the last step and you want to make it happen, to hold the trophy in your hand. But that’s what both players want. Maybe today is an experience I had from the past finals, [they] helped me to manage my emotions a little bit better and be able to play my game, to be very aggressive and to know what I had to do.”

Garcia closed out Bogdan in straight sets

Garcia got off to a quick start as she broke Bogdan in the second game and served out the following game to confirm the break and open a 3-0 lead. However, Bogdan refused to quit and she got the break back in the fifth game.

But after blowing an early break, Garcia broke Bogdan again in the sixth game to open a 4-2 lead. Once again, Bogdan managed to get the break back and cut the deficit to 5-4, but in the 10th game – when she was serving to stay in the first set – she lost her serve once again as Garcia clinched the opener.

The two players were tied to one game apiece in the second set, before Garcia claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to complete her victory in impressive style. En route to winning the Warsaw title, Garcia upset top seed and home favorite Iga Swiatek. Garcia stunned Swiatek in three sets in the Warsaw quarterfinal.

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